The Public Information Office of the Supreme Court yesterday announced the Court’s Resolution on the government’s Motion for Reconsideration of the judgment rendered adverse to DAP.
While it does seem like the Court has maintained its initial characterization of transfer of funds from one branch of government to another, some are disturbed by the fact that the Resolution apparently lends its judicial fiat to disbursements for unappropriated items or projects. Under our present constitutional system, the Constitution is what the Supreme Court says its text means.
The CBCP therefore invites legal academics and others to study the implications of the Resolution. Meanwhile, all are urged to abide by the Rule of Law by complying with the decretal provisions of the Supreme Court’s judgment and resolution. The CBCP itself will conduct its own study with the aid of consultants and experts. Together, we hope to make proposals for change, if these should be deemed necessary, either by legislation or even by constitutional amendment.
It is also hoped that those who knowingly and deliberately misused public funds in a manner declared illegal by the Supreme Court should now be investigated and, if necessary, prosecuted. The CBCP renews its call for a government that truly serves the nation and that truly avoids all forms of corruption and deceit.
February 4, 2015
+ SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS
Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan